There are usually two types of players that play chess. Those that do and play seriously, taking an eternity to make their move. Then you have the players who know how to play, but rarely play but when they do, it's all just for fun. Chess Ultra aims to bring in both those types of players and even players who've never played before, but how does it stack up on console? If you're unfamiliar with the rules of Chess, this title has an expansive tutorial mode which not only explain the rules, but lets you partake allowing you to remember ... Read More »
Ripstone is a developer and published based in Liverpool, founded in 2011 and known for their support of independent developers. On TIGA Awards' shortlist for 2016 Publisher of the Year, titles they've published include the Pure series, - Pure Pool, Pure Hold 'Em, and Pure Chess - Stick It To The Man, and Ironcast. Michelle Turner is Ripstone's Head of PR & Marketing, and one of MCV's 30 Under 30 and Top 100 Women in Games. She was kind enough to take time out for an email interview covering things Disney, publishing, upcoming trends, and competition! XboxOneUK: According to MCV you were the first employee of Ripstone. Prior ... Read More »
If we were reviewing chess we'd find it difficult, as no one at Xbox One UK is a Grand Master. We can all play to varying degrees of skill, but not one of us claims to fully understand every intricacy of this ancient game of strategy and wits. Thankfully, we're not reviewing chess itself - merely this video game interpretation of the quintessential strategy game that, with a very few simple rules, is deeper and more challenging than any video game you're ever likely to experience. Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition takes this strategic marvel and drags it into the video game ... Read More »
A puzzle game with mechs, or a mech game with puzzles? In Ironcast, developers Dreadbit have blended gameplay mechanics, objectives and a great art style to create a balanced, challenging and moreish gem that is easy to learn, hard to master and offers many paths to fun! Ironcast has a straight-to-the-point campaign in which the player picks their battles from a set of options that change after each victory. The narrative leads through daily mech deployments towards a boss encoutner. This meta-game offers up a range of difficulties in the preparatory match ups and, logically, a range of rewards for victory. It feels like ... Read More »
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